We went for a 2-day white water canoe course. I really liked our instructor, who was patient, fun, knowledgeable. And also patient! The course set-up was ~2-2.5 hours in the canoe each morning and afternoon, starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm with a break in the middle for lunch. The progression of skills that we learned was good, although I was a little surprised that we didn't learn more types of paddle strokes -- really just a couple that we used over and over again. Still, it worked and by the end of Day 2 we were paddling down Class II and easy III rapids. The canoes were in good shape and the van shuttle between the Kanu Centre and the river was pretty seamless. So the actual canoeing part was good.
My mixed feelings come from our dealings with the administrative staff, as well as the cost:benefit ratio... A couple of weeks before the course started, i wanted to switch to the next weekend (sudden time conflict arose at home). The staff members I communicated with were unfriendly and unhelpful; it seemed they would prefer lose the ~$700 fee altogether than waive the $60 deposit and switch us to the next weekend. I found the other staff at the centre a little entitled and obnoxious; for instance, the students watched instructional videos in the evening, but the other staff members talked and laughed all the way through despite our requests to be quieter.
Overall, I learned a lot from our instructor, but I would not go back again. If I had to do it over, I would look for something else.
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